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YKHC increased COVID-19 Testing

by YKHC Staff YKHC is offering COVID-19 testing to every person visiting a YKHC facility in the Delta. Testing all patients and caretakers will increase early detection of the virus in communities. Increased testing may […]

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New Year Baby 2021

Martha Chastity Marie Skyler Parks was born on New Year’s Day 1 minute before midnight. She weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. and measuring 21 ½ inches long. She is named after the best aunt/sister/daughter Martha […]

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Bethel’s Log Cabin to be demolished

The historic Log Cabin in City Sub at Pinky’s Park is slated for demolition, an ordinance authorizing its disposal was approved by the Bethel City Council. The then-interim City Manager Pete Williams introduced the item […]

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Presiding Judges Appointed for 2021

by Alaska Court System Staff Chief Justice Joel H. Bolger of the Alaska Supreme Court announces the appointment of four presiding judges: Superior Court Judge Amy G. Mead for the First Judicial District; Superior Court […]

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AST assist in officer involved shooting

The Alaska State Troopers received a request from the Bethel Police Department to assist with an investigation of an officer involved shooting on 12/11/2020. Members of the Alaska State Troopers Alaska Bureau of Investigation are […]

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Community Action Grantees awarded funds for programs

The City of Bethel Council approved funding for the Ayaprun Elitnaurviat Cross Country Program and the Bethel Community Services Foundation’s Jesuit Volunteer for the library during last week’s council meeting through the City’s Community Action […]

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Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Postponed

by the K300 Race Committee In light of the ongoing “lockdown” mandates and recommendations in effect throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has decided to postpone the 2021 K300. Originally scheduled to […]

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YKHC urges month-long regionwide lockdown and prepares to implement crisis capacity care strategy

by YKHC Staff The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation urges all communities in the YK Delta region to immediately enter into a monthlong shelter-in-place, or lockdown, to curb the spread of COVID-19 as it prepares to implement […]

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BEST Announces 2020 Beneficiary Distribution

by Ana Hoffman The Trustees of Bethel Elkartaa Settlement Trust (BEST) approved a beneficiary distribution equal to $4.08 per unit share to be payable in December. For over thirty years, Bethel Native Corporation (BNC) paid […]

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Somewhere In Between

by Bethel Search and Rescue November 18, 20: Summary Although we had another late freeze up, the recent cold weather has brought River conditions closer to what they used to be in “normal” years … […]

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Veteran’s Day November 11, 2020

by the Bethel VFW Post and Post Auxiliary VFW Post 10041 would like to say – “Happy Veteran’s Day” to all Yukon-Kuskokwim Area veterans who wore our nation’s military uniform, past and present. Veteran’s Day […]

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KUC health advisories and recommendations

The UAF Kuskokwim Campus in support of the City Council resolution issued last evening to “hunker down” will do the following effective today (October 28th, 2020): 1. All face-to-face classes will be delivered by a […]

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Cama-i Dance Festival set for 2022

by Linda Curda Cama-i! In the Yup’ik culture, we embrace each other with a warm and welcoming greeting by offering a hand to shake accompanied by the exclamation, “Cama-i!” It is in that same spirit […]

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Salmon Raven 2020 Art Auction

by John Oscar Cama-i – Greetings, the Kuskokwim Art Guild’s (KAG) annual steel Salmon-Raven art auction has taken on a new form this year. Over the years it was held this time of year and […]

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Nikki Nick Corbett honored by AFN

by Vicki Malone Nicholette Corbett (Nikki Nick) was honored by AFN at the 2020 AFN Convention as the recipient of the Presidents Small Business Award last week. Her business, Sew Yup’ik, has taken off since […]

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Council member Franko tenders resignation

Bethel council member Cece Franko has tendered her resignation from the city council, effective October 31st, 2020. Bethel Mayor Perry Barr will be introducing an action memorandum to accept the resignation and confirming the process […]

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City of Bethel 2020 election results

The City of Bethel election votes have been tabulated – two incumbents will remain on council, and one newly elected council member will be sworn in during the next regular meeting, Tuesday October 13th. Current […]

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Winter Trail Markings

by Gisela Chapa The days of the midnight sun are slowly turning to the days of the mid-day moons. Winter will continue gradually creeping in until, alas! It is that time of the year to […]

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My Philosophy of Education

Like many people I have spent much of my life working to draw forth the potential from within in order to find and lead a good and rewarding life. This has been my education. Students […]

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2020 Census Appreciation Drawing

by First Alaskans The stakes are critically high for Alaska and Alaska Native peoples for the 2020 Decennial Census. An undercount can impact our state and communities for 10 years, severely undercutting our ability to […]

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Bethel Schools move to high risk

by LKSD Staff On September 5, LKSD Administrators met with YKHC officials to discuss the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Bethel. During this meeting, LKSD was informed that there is a strong likelihood that […]

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BNC holds virtual shareholders meeting

by Ana Hoffman Bethel Native Corporation is a for-profit village corporation formed under ANCSA. On August 15, 2020, a virtual annual shareholders meeting was held. At this meeting, shareholders elected to the board of directors […]

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YKHC issues release regarding recent information related to second-class cities such as Bethel implementing COVID-19 protective measures

by YKHC Staff On August 25, YKHC convened a meeting with Senator Lyman Hoffman, City of Bethel Mayor Perry Barr, Acting City Manager Lori Strickler, and City Attorney Libby Bakalar. YKHC has long advocated that […]

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Jury trials suspended through November

On Thursday, Aug. 6th, 2020, Chief Justice Bolger issued Special Order 8183 extending the suspension of in-person criminal and civil jury trials until November 2, 2020. The order recognizes that holding in-person jury trials at […]

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City requests to AMCO that food must be included with curbside alcohol pickup orders at Bethel restaurants

by Delta Discovery Staff T he Bethel City Council passed a resolution requesting the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control (AMCO) Office to prohibit sales of alcoholic beverages by means of curbside pickup and home delivery […]

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Donlin Gold Project update on recent drilling and ongoing community support amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Barrick Gold Corporation and NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. are pleased to provide an update on their co-owned (50/50) Donlin Gold project (“Donlin Gold” or the “project”) and the 2020 drill program currently advancing with four drills […]

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Bethel Nonprofit Relief and Response Grant Program

by BCSF Staff Bethel Nonprofit Relief and Response Grant Program Offers Financial Assistance to Nonprofits and Residents Impacted By Pandemic. This year, Bethel’s nonprofits and households are experiencing extraordinary financial hardships due to the COVID-19 […]

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Bethel Business Recovery Grant Program offers financial assistance to local businesses impacted by pandemic

Bethel businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways. Bethel saw some businesses shut down completely following State mandates in March, others stayed open and enacted safety measures for customers and employees, […]

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City of Bethel donates $1 Million to BCSF

The City of Bethel has donated $1 million to Bethel Community Services Foundation to support its ongoing mission of providing COVID-19 relief, response and recovery efforts to Bethel-based nonprofits. In a ceremony held at the […]

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First COVID-19 hospitalization and death in the YK Delta

Over the weekend, YKHC saw its first hospitalization and medevac of a COVID-positive individual. YKHC was previously aware of the individual’s COVID-19 infection, as they were identified through testing in Bethel. The individual remained in […]

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Final Federal Environmental Review Shows Pebble Can Be Developed Responsibly PLP CEO Calls EIS a Significant Project Milestone

July 24, 2020 Anchorage, AK – Pebble Partnership CEO Tom Collier hailed today’s publication of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Pebble Project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as […]

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Bethel’s new police chief to be sworn in

Bethel’s new police chief, Richard H. Simmons, will be sworn in during Special Order of Business at the next regular City Council meeting, July 14th, 2020. Richard H. Simmons Jr. is from Fort Worth, Texas. […]

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Mary Ciuniq Pete Legacy Scholarship

by BCSF Staff In its second year of scholarship granting, the Mary Ciuniq Pete Legacy Scholarship Fund made two awards to students enrolled at the Kuskokwim Campus (KuC). Kailyn RubyAnn Anvil and Brittney Boney, both […]

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Health officials expand contact tracing workforce and prioritize check-in calls to at-risk individuals

The Alaska Department of Health and Social and Services (DHSS) is working to expand Alaska’s public health contact tracing workforce to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. DHSS has roughly doubled the statewide contact tracing […]

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City of Bethel receives first CARES check

The City of Bethel received its first disbursement of the $8.4 million from the State of Alaska for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act. In a ceremony held at the First National […]

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United We Stand Parade

Bethel celebrated the 4th of July with a parade featuring floats by organizations from around town. The parade route began at 10am at the South Boat Harbor was extended to the Avenues, Uivik Sub, Tundra […]

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Bethel 4th of July Celebration Parade

For the 4th of July in Bethel, the City of Bethel will be organizing a grand parade “United We Stand, Coming Together to Celebrate” for the celebration of Independence Day. There will be no fairgrounds […]